The enhanced bus service, called Q, is a Bus Rapid Transit system will improve our public transportation.
The Q represents an investment of more than $54 million. The initial route will span 15.7 miles and feature 27 stops connecting our major north-south corridor, Blackstone Avenue, and a major east-west corridor, Ventura Avenue and Kings Canyon Road through Downtown Fresno.
The project includes
- 51 stations: 24 station pairs (or 48 one-way stations), two terminal stations, and one transit center with a shared platform station.
- 17 low-floor, multi-door, compressed natural gas low-emission 40-foot BRT vehicles.
Look for the Q to arrive in fall of 2017.
Construction Kickoff: June 2016
Launch: Fall 2017
Key differences between FAX Q and the regular FAX bus
- Faster, more convenient, and more reliable service
- Sleek, modern vehicles with plush seating and ThermoGuard windows
- Off-board fare purchase at the same price as a regular FAX bus
- 10-minute frequencies at peak time, mean a shorter wait time for you
- Fewer stops and reduced travel time
- Priority at traffic signals, helping speed up the trip
- Enhanced stations with larger platforms and canopies that make for a more pleasant wait
- Reduced Traffic congestion and improved air quality
What Amenities Can You Expect With Q Buses?
With Q coming to Fresno, there are a lot of things to be excited about. One thing in particular? The buses themselves.
First of all, they look a bit different than the FAX buses you’re used to seeing. They’re sleek, modern, and a bit more upscale, with plush comfortable seating and pleasant interior design. Windows are flush/frameless and equipped with ThermoGuard protection, which keeps out harmful light while allowing better visibility.
The buses are also lower, with wide doors, making it easier and quicker to load passengers on and off. The aisles are wider as well.
To help improve air quality, buses are clean fuel vehicles, with quiet propulsion systems. For bike riders, there is a bike board at the back door with designated areas for your bicycle.
Q is a whole new way to get where you’re going in Fresno. We think you’ll enjoy the ride.
How Q Stations Make the Loading Process Quicker and Easier
One of the coolest things about Q is the upgraded bus stations. That’s right—these are stations, not stops.
There will be 26 pairs of stations along the 15.7-mile route, each located ½ of a mile away from the next. This means that the longest walk to get to a Q station will be just ¼ of a mile.
With an estimated average stop time of twenty seconds per stop, the stations have been designed to make loading and unloading as quick and efficient as possible. Bus fare will be collected at the station, not on the bus itself.
Also, raised curbs will work with the low-rise buses to make an even threshold, meaning there are no stairs to climb. And there will be multiple points of entry onto the bus itself, instead of just one door.
We want to make Q as comfortable and user-friendly as possible, and these upgraded stations will do their part to make that happen.
|SERVICE||FREQUENCY||VEHICLE||AVERAGE LOADING TIME||FARE COLLECTION||TRAFFIC SIGNAL PRIORITY|
|10 minutes||Clean-air, plush seating, Thermoguard windows||20 seconds||In station||Yes|
|varies||Current FAX buses||varies||On board||No|
Q is our Bus Rapid Transit
Q provides faster, more convenient, and more reliable service than a traditional bus line. Funded by federal and state funds, Q vehicles are modern and comfortable with off-board fare collection—all at the same fare as a regular FAX bus.
Ten–minute frequencies at peak time make for a short wait. Fewer stops mean reduced travel time. Bus priority at traffic signals also helps speed up the trip. Plus, enhanced stations make for a more pleasant wait.
Q’s initial route spans 15.7 miles on Blackstone Avenue, from North Fresno Street to downtown, then out Ventura Avenue/Kings Canyon Road to Clovis Avenue. The project includes 51 stations: 24 station pairs (or 48 one–way stations), two terminal stations, and one transit center with a shared platform station. Q will serve major shopping centers, hospitals, and other significant destinations. In future years, additional Q routes could be added to further improve the FAX system.
Q is an adaptable and cost-effective choice in building for the region’s growing transit needs. Less expensive and more flexible than light rail, Q can adapt to emerging needs and opportunities—such as a downtown high-speed rail station—while providing fast, frequent, and reliable service for Fresno today.
Never Been A Better Time To Ride FAX
Transferring from Q to a regular FAX bus and back again will be seamless. Riders can zip easily and conveniently around the city while alleviating traffic congestion and contributing to greater air quality.
With faster, more frequent, and more reliable options from FAX, there’s never been a better time to ride. Service begins in early 2018.